‘Great player’ Coutinho must fight for Barca spot, says Valverde

‘Great player’ Coutinho must fight for Barca spot, says Valverde

He is the only player in history to register 400 goals in one league.

Messi needed 435 games to reach 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues, a rate of 0.92 goals per game, while Ronaldo scored his 412 strikes in 532 games, a rate of 0.77 goals per game.

The Catalans put in an incredible display and it was a one-sided game especially after Luis Suarez opened the scoring.

However, they're equally capable of dishing out a hammering - particularly when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez work in tandem - and enjoyed 4-1, 5-0 and 4-0 wins in La Liga and Copa del Rey last month alone. The Portugal global scored 311 top-flight goals for Real Madrid before leaving for Juventus last summer. It was Coutinho and Suarez and the Argentinian who linked up and Messi applied the low finish into the bottom corner.

The finishing touches were put on the victory by Suarez, who fooled everyone by shaping for a cross into the box, only to swerve an outside-of-the-boot finish past Asier Riesgo.

In all competitions, Messi has scored 575 goals in 658 appearances for Barcelona.

Suarez is next with 14 goals.

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The early lean is the home team with a slight nod to the over provided it does not begin climbing its way back to 47. They limited Chris Carson to just 20 yards from 13 carries, and 28 of Rashaad Penny's 29 came on a single run.

Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric opened the scoring for Madrid with a left-footed effort after 13 minutes.

Barca have a five-point lead at the top of the table and have a 10-point advantage over Real Madrid, who have a hard game away to Betis.

Suarez got his brace just a minute prior to the hour mark when Sergi Roberto's quick throw-in found him.

The Daily Mirror adds that Tottenham boss Pochettino remains their first choice but the 20-time English champions are eager to look at other options should Simeone's former Argentina team-mate prove unwilling to turn his back on Spurs.

Griezmann has now scored all of Atletico's last six goals and this latest one proved the difference in a cagey contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Later, fifth-placed Real Madrid can pull level on points with Sevilla if it wins at Real Betis.